Rounding up some of the newest cases for Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

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in iPhone edited September 2015
Apple's decision to move to an all-new --?and larger --?form factor for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus means that buyers will once again be in the market for new cases. AppleInsider rounded up a selection of compatible cases from the usual suspects as well as some new entrants.


Apple

As has become par for the course, Apple has added its own spin on cases for its new form factor devices. With the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the company has chosen to provide both leather and silicone options.

The leather case comes in five colors and sports a microfiber lining. The silicone case, meanwhile, comes in six colors -- including (Product)Red --?with a soft touch exterior and microfiber interior.

Cost: $45.00 and $49.00 for the leather versions, $35.00 and $39.00 for the silicon variants.
Availability: All four cases are available for purchase and shipping now from Apple.com

Incipio




Incipio is one of the largest and most popular makers of cases for Apple's various product lines, and the company has unsurprisingly updated five if its cases for the iPhone 6 series. The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 can be safely ensconced inside Incipio's Stowaway, DualPro, Feather, Rival, Highland, Phenom, NGP Edge, Octane, and Watson cases.

The Stowaway features a credit card case and stand built in to its polycarbonate and polymer shell; the DualPro is a polycarbonate case with an impact-absorbing TPE core; the Feather is an ultra-thin polycarbonate case; the Rival is a co-molded transparent textured case; the Highland is a brushed aluminum-style folio; the Phenon is a lightweight, drop-resistant case; the NGP is a flexible polymer case; the Edge is a hard-shell slider case; and the Watson is a leather wallet folio that can hold up to three credit cards and doubles as a stand.

The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, meanwhile, gets jumbo versions of the DualPro, Feather, NGP, Stowaway, Highland, and Rival. Each is offered in a variety of colors, ranging from standbys like black and white to more bold choices including neon pink.

Cost: $34.99 for the Stowaway, $29.99 for the DualPro, $24.99 for the Feather, $29.99 for the Rival, $39.99 for the Highland, $34.99 for the Phenom, $19.99 for the NGP, $29.99 for the Edge, $44.99 for the Watson, $24.99 for the Octane.
Availability: All of the cases are available for pre-order from Amazon and Incipio.com.

OtterBox




OtterBox is another of the most-loved iPhone case makers, and they too have shown off iPhone 6-compatible versions of their rough-and-tumble enclosures. The Defender, Symmmetry, and Commuter series --?which feature all-around protection --?have all added iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus variants, as has the Clearly Protected range of stick-on polyurethane covers.

Otterbox's Alpha Glass screen protector, meanwhile, has been updated for the iPhone 6 but has yet to make its way to the larger iPhone 6 Plus.

Cost: Price varies depending on configuration. $59.90 - $69.90 for the Defender, $39.95 - $54.95 for the Symmetry, $39.90 - $49.90, for the Commuter, $39.90 - $49.90 for the Commuter Wallet, and $19.95 - $34.95 for the Clearly Protected. Alpha Glass for the iPhone 6 comes in at $29.95.
Availability: Defender, Symmetry and Commuter are available now, while Commuter Wallet, Alpha Glass, and Clearly Protected are "coming soon."
Exclusives: MacMall is offering the Otterbox Defender Series Case for iPhone 6 - Black (77-50206) for $37.46 (25% off) when using this link and promo code APPLEINSIDER01 through 10/6/14.

Also till 10/6/14, MacMall is offering AI readers 25% off a half dozen additional colors and configurations of the Otterbox Defender Series -- including, Camo, Pink, Purple, and Blue models -- details of which are at deals.appleinsider.com

Urban Armor Gear




Urban Armor Gear (UAG) is another impact resistant case marker that aims to provide the best possible protection in the smallest possible profile. Its cases feature a feather-light composite construction, armor shell, and impact resistant soft core. UAG says its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cases, along with all its others, have been certified MIL-STD810G - 546.6 compliant in meeting military drop-test standards. The cases also include an HD Screen protector that guards against scratches and are available in 6 colors (Aero, Maverick, Navigator, Outland, Scout, Valkyrie) now, while Scout Folio and Rouge Folio editions will be available shortly.

Cost: UGA's iPhone 6 cases retail for $34.95. Its iPhone 6 Plus cases are priced at $39.95.
Availability: Aero, Maverick, Navigator, Outland, Scout, Valkyrie are available on Amazon and UGA, while the Folios are available for order.

Radius v2




A cross between a bumper and a traditional snap-on case, the Radius v2 is designed to protect the corners and rear of your device from drops with a minimum of added weight or bulk. It's made from aluminum, though its manufacturer promises no signal loss.

Cost: $69.99 for standard aluminum finish, $89.99 for gold and $169.99 for a limited-edition platinum version.
Availability: Pre-orders being accepted now at BiteMyApple.co for both iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Casetify




Buyers who prefer a little more customization will find it at Casetify, a company that lets you print Instagram photos onto 2.5-millimeter thin snap-style iPhone cases. If your Instagram account isn't up to snuff, Casetify also allows you to choose from a variety of pre-made designs.

Cost: $39.99 for both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
Availability: Pre-orders are available now at casetify.com, with shipments starting in late September.
Exclusive Discount: AI readers save 10% on all Casetify orders when using this link and applying coupon code APPINSIDER at checkout.

Silk Innovation




A relative newcomer, Silk Innovation has brought three cases to the iPhone 6-series party. The ClearView Slim case features a now-popular design comprised of a clear polycarbonate back combined with a rubber side bumper; the Stealth Armor Tough case combines a polycarbonate shell with a rubber core, interchangeable back plates, and a screen protector; and the Vault Slim Wallet is a soft-touch full-coverage case that can hold three credit cards.

Cost: $11.99 for the ClearView Slim, $17.99 for the Stealth Armor Tough, and $14.99 for the Vault Slim Wallet.
Availability: All three cases are available for purchase now from Amazon.

Ventev aria, via, and penna




Ventev has adopted three of its existing cases for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. The aria is a polycarbonate model with raised silicone "grip lines" on the back; the via is an entirely silicone case with a Y-shaped translucent rear accent to show the Apple logo; and the Penna is a formed leather case with a microfiber lining.

Both the aria and via are offered in two color options, while the penna comes in three choices.

Cost: $24.99 for the aria, $19.99 for the via, and $34.99 for the penna
Availability: Ventev's iPhone 6 cases are available now from Amazon and ventev.com

Tech Armor Screen Protectors




For those iPhone 6 owners looking simply for a screen protector, rather than a case, Tech Armor offers two versions: A standard High Defintion (HD) Clear Screen Protector and an HD Clear Ballistic Glass Screen Protector -- the latter of which is advertised to not only protect against scratches, but offer protection from high impact drops. Tech Armor notes, however, that it will be releasing more precisely designed versions of these screen protectors in several weeks after the company has had time to adjust to make any adjustments using Apple's final release of the iPhone hardware.

Cost & Availability: First release versions of Tech Armor's iPhone 6 screen protectors are available now on Amazon as part of its weekend daily deals, priced at $5.90 for the standard version and $10.99 for the ballistic glass model. Versions for the iPhone 6 Plus have not yet been released.

Even More Options




Of course, there are thousands of other iPhone 6 case options making their way to market. Several Apple Authorized Resellers have created pages dedicated to highlighting the latest arrivals including:

eBay Deals - $28-$60% off brands like Spigen, VERUS & Caseology
MacMall - Save between $5 - $25 on dozens iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Cases.
Amazon - Hundreds of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cases available overnight with Amazon Prime.
B&H Photo - Hundreds of New Release iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cases for order and pre-order.
Best Buy - Dozens of new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cases in stock.
Wal-Mart - Dozens of low-cost and affordable iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 cases starting at just $2.00.
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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 189
    mac_128mac_128 Posts: 3,454member
    A great way to make big phones even bigger.
  • Reply 2 of 189

    I really like some of these cases. I do not have an iPhone 6 Plus yet, but when I do get mine I will definitely get a cool case for it.

  • Reply 3 of 189
    Every one of these is ugly beyond belief. Moreover, they ruin the look of an incredibly finely crafted device.

    I always get a simple Sena sleeve case (no, I am not plugging the company). Not the most optimal design, but looks simple and sleek.
  • Reply 4 of 189
    I'm planning on getting a Lifeproof case when it comes out, as it also protects against not only shock, but also water intrusion & immersion as well (good videos on site). Pricey, but I currently triple bag my phone when kayaking & it's therefore not available for pictures. That's assuming I don't drop the new phone opening the box.
  • Reply 5 of 189
    I have the Incipio case, like the red one in the picture (but a nice emerald green). So far I like it. Given the fact that the phone is so thin, I didn't want to go without a case until I could get to an Apple Store and just got one at Verizon. Overall I'm pleased, it's similar to the amazing Body Glove case I had on my 4.
  • Reply 6 of 189
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 9,233member

    All of these cases ruin the natural good looks of the devices. Apple devices should be shown, not hidden.

     

    I do not dispute the usefulness of cases, especially for people who are careless and accident prone, or for people who just wish to provide extra protection for their devices, but they do detract from the natural beauty and design of the devices that they are covering up.

  • Reply 7 of 189
    Spigen Neo Hybrid. Hands down the best and slimmest full body protection for people who are careful with their stuff.
  • Reply 8 of 189
    anantksundaram 09/20/2014 10:24 AM
    Every one of these is ugly beyond belief. Moreover, they ruin the look of an incredibly finely crafted device.

    I have to agree. Apple has worked so hard to make their phones elegant and some of these cases just undo all that work. Does UAG think we are taking our phones with us to do battle against cyborgs?
  • Reply 9 of 189
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 9,233member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Dennis Webb View Post



    Does UAG think we are taking our phones with us to do battle against cyborgs?

     

    UAG says its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cases, along with all its others, have been certified MIL-STD810G - 546.6 compliant in meeting military drop-test standards. 

     

    If I was in the army, battling scumbags somewhere, or if I were a construction worker or something, I'd probably put my iPhone in one of those cases. Some military people are iPhone users after all.

  • Reply 10 of 189
    When you hold the 6, you'll realize it is not an easy thing to hold. It's too thin.

    Also, while the mirror polished Apple logo looks great, it scratches if you breathe on it wrong.

    And the antenna bands really don't look great.
  • Reply 11 of 189
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Apple ][ View Post

     

    All of these cases ruin the natural good looks of the devices. Apple devices should be shown, not hidden.

     

    I do not dispute the usefulness of cases, especially for people who are careless and accident prone, or for people who just wish to provide extra protection for their devices, but they do detract from the natural beauty and design of the devices that they are covering up.




    I am not accident prone and don't drop my phones very often at all, but I am too cheap to pay for the consequences of a serious drop.  I usually put my case on for the first 18-24 months I have the phone (I have only upgraded once every 3 years), then I go without a case when I am willing to buy a new phone if I drop it.

     

    As a side note, I almost never drop a phone with a case on because it is much easier to grip than without the case.

     

    Second side note, my iPhone 6 is awesome!

  • Reply 12 of 189
    mac_128mac_128 Posts: 3,454member
    balsy2001 wrote: »

    I am not accident prone and don't drop my phones very often at all, but I am too cheap to pay for the consequences of a serious drop.
    I have had the original iPhone, the 3GS, and the 4s. I have never had a case on any them. Aside from a few scratches and a few dings and chips, they are all as good as new.

    The ONLY time I put them into a case is when I take them into the wild, and then they go into a waterproof case, mainly so I can use them in the water. I have a gopro style mount for the case and with such extreme use, accidents will happen.

    I'm going to get a 5s, and won't be getting a case for it, because I want a phone that slips easily into my front jeans pockets, without people constantly asking if that's my phone or just happy to see them.
  • Reply 13 of 189
    Except for the Apple cases, they all look like crap. Are the designers blind? All of these are just rehashed versions of the previous cases, and most of them add way too much bulk to the iPhone. I'm not very accident prone so I'm able to be very minimalist with my cases. I don't like covering my iPhone with something that totally destroys its aesthetic value.
  • Reply 14 of 189
    Element case is the best case I have had. Aluminum chasis and great back plates. Expensive but worth it. This case protected my iphone 5 and 5s from falls of up to 20 feet high to concrete multiple times. It is worth it.
  • Reply 15 of 189
    Please add Spigen to your case roundup! They have cases available for shipping now, and still make the finest bumper on the market, in my opinion, of course!
  • Reply 16 of 189
    I went with the speck candy shell with my iPhone 6...Apple makes weak cases..after I picked up my 6, went straight to Best Buy for the speck
  • Reply 17 of 189
    Every one of these is ugly beyond belief. Moreover, they ruin the look of an incredibly finely crafted device.

    I always get a simple Sena sleeve case (no, I am not plugging the company). Not the most optimal design, but looks simple and sleek.
    I used to get Sena cases, as well. Never got one for the iPhone 5, but I probably will for the iPhone 6. In the mean time, I got a case from Monoprice. It's a cheap stop-gap while I shop around and decide.
  • Reply 18 of 189
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,426member
    I've never used a case on any iPhone yet and they are all (except the first model) without any scratches even though they have been carried around in pockets. I just can't stand not seeing and feeling Jony's creations directly. The only exception is a waterproof case when kayaking but I remove that when back on dry land.
  • Reply 19 of 189
    I've never used a case on any iPhone yet and they are all (except the first model) without any scratches even though they have been carried around in pockets. I just can't stand not seeing and feeling Jony's creations directly. The only exception is a waterproof case when kayaking but I remove that when back on dry land.
    One of the things I like about the sleeve cases is that they don't sully the design. I don't care what it looks like so much while it's in my pocket. I, too, prefer using a naked iPhone. My damage doesn't occur in my pocket. It comes from dropping and drop kicking while putting it in or out of my pocket.
  • Reply 20 of 189

    Cyborg cases are great to have as an option to choose from. I see many people, often young, who were either gifted a phone or barely saved up for one. They run for months at a time, using their phone with a shattered screen. I've yet to meet a person who said they deliberately broke their phone, it is all unintended, accidents. Through discussion, they reveal either the case wasn't gifted as well, they couldn't afford a case, they chose not to use a case, or the pretty & sleek case with awesome styling offered little to no shock protection. About 10 of my conversations were with people who finally got their screen fixed, & within a week or shortly thereafter, they shattered their screen again. To a person, these people were angry & depressed, feeling like a victim, & blaming the phone maker & the carrier for not replacing their screen for free each time it happened, & yet DID NOTHING to enhance their protection. All are good people who just don't 'get it.' At least Cyborg cases provide elevated protection.

     

    I would like to see an industry rating of shock resistance, 1-10, 10 having the most protection. That way, if you see the pretty Apple cases offer a 1.5 in shock protection, you know before you open the box, what you are getting.

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